Talking Catfish (Amblydoras hancocki)

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Talking Catfish

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Talking Catfish

Amblydoras hancocki

132 Litres (35 US G.)

12.7-15.2cm (5-6 ")




5.8 - 7.6

22.8-27.8°C (73 -82 °F)

5-19 °d

1:1 M:F

Pellet Foods
Flake Foods
Live Foods

8-12 years



Additional names

Talking Catfish, Blue-Eye Catfish, Marbled Raphael Catfish, Marbled Talking Catfish

Additional scientific names

Amblydoras hancockii, Doras hancockii, Platydoras hancockii

Origin[edit | edit source]

Found in freshwater coastal swamps and flood prone areas of rivers in South America, primarily Guyana and eastern Brazil to Peru and Bolivia.

Sexing[edit | edit source]

Males are more slender than females. The females underside is creamy white whereas the males is speckled.

Tank compatibility[edit | edit source]

An excellent community fish that should not bother other tank residents. Do not keep with aggressive fish.

Diet[edit | edit source]

This fish has a ferocious appetite and will gorge themselves at feeding time to the point they are fit to burst. Take care not to overfeed this fish, they will scavenge.

Feeding regime[edit | edit source]

Feed once or twice a day.

Environment specifics[edit | edit source]

Will not harm plants, and requires a place to hide. Will wedge themselves into small gaps so take care with exposed heaters or filter arrangements.

Behaviour[edit | edit source]

A peaceful scavenger most active at night. Younger fish will be more active during the day.

Identification[edit | edit source]

Marbled brown in colour, this catfish has three sets of long barbels and a wide head.

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